Smashbox NEW mascara and liner

I love a mascara, and I love an eyeliner, so trialling these two new Smashbox products has been fun - and, I'm pleased to say, they're both decent! Mascaras are hit or a miss, right? There's always some smudging involved, no matter what they say. Unless they are tubing mascaras - like Clinique's Full-to-Flutter mascara, which forms little tubes round the lashes, and water takes it off. Two great new Smashbox products. I’m becoming a … [Read more...]

Sparkle with Bobbi Brown’s new Eyeshadow Sticks

BOBBI BROWN'S Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks now come in a Sparkle formula - and it's great. This new formula is infused with multi-dimensional pearls that give a 'prismatic' finish. That in turn brings a sparkle effect to the eyes. I've been trying the shade, Gilded, a gold colour, and the sparkle is great - but subtle enough not to be overpowering. The formula is a water-based gel technology with staying power - it doesn't fade or … [Read more...]

Plump your lips for International Kissing Day

It's International Kissing Day this Friday. Let's dwell on that, rather than the fact it is Friday the 1th, yes? So, time to get those lips ready for some smooching. (Or good enough to smooch, even if you don't want any kissing going on this weekend!) Lip fillers. They're massively popular, the girls on TOWIE love them, and they aren't as expensive as you might think - particularly when bought through one of 5pm's fantastic deals. The … [Read more...]

NEW bareMinerals BAREPRO Concealer

I've not used any other concealer since the launch of the Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer last year. As luck will have it, as my tube of it is about to run out, this new BAREPRO Full Coverage Concealer from bareMinerals has landed on my desk. Unlike the Bobbi concealer, which is a liquid with a doe foot applicator, this is a stick. It's been a while since I've used a stick concealer - they bring back all sorts of horrendous … [Read more...]

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful 2018

Every year around International Woman's Day, Bobbi Brown launch their Pretty Powerful Campaign - this is the sixth year of the campaign which was originally targeted at promoting confidence in women through natural beauty. It's evolved into a philanthropic project aimed at empowering women to 'be who they are' by supporting career training programs, through the UK Smart Works charity. The Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge 2018 (£22) is a universally … [Read more...]

Buxom’s Big Tease Mascara

BUXOM launch a new mascara next month - the Big Tease Mascara. It's officially a plumping mascara - which means volumising in beauty speak. Buxom say it's their 'most volumising, statement-making mascara yet'. That's thanks to the brush and the formula. The mascara brush is so important. In this mascara, the brush is a unique tapered, conical shape that has chisel-tipped bristles that grab and coat each and every lash from inner to outer … [Read more...]

New Makeup Bag?

Hands up who needs a new makeup bag? You've probably not thought about it for a while, but that mucky old thing needs replacing now! How often do we actually look inside our makeup bag to see how grubby it has become? I know I don't look often enough. Usually not until bits of red lip pencil, or a broken eyeshadow draw my attention to it. I also try to have a couple on rotation - one stuffed with everything, the other for taking the essentials … [Read more...]

Spring in Capri with Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown launches its Spring collection in March- Spring in Capri. There's a bit of a Southern Italy trend in beauty this Spring Summer - Chanel's Neapolis collection is inspired by Naples. The island of Capri sits in the Bay of Naples and this collection is inspired by the island, its classic Italian charm, sun-drenched coastlines, and hues of the Mediterranean sea. In beauty terms, that's gleaming skin, effortless lids defined by a … [Read more...]

Lips and Eyes from Sisley

Sisley are a luxury beauty brand, and although expensive, it's nice to treat yourself - or a loved one - now and then. If you feel like doing so,  Sisley has two new products to choose from  - Sisley Phyto Khol Star Eyeliner Pencil (£36) and Sisley Phyto Lip Twist Matt (32.50).   The Sisley Phyto Khol liner comes in eight shades - five Sparkling - Brown, Bronze, Blue, Black, and Grey, and three Mystic  - Blue, Green, and Purple. The … [Read more...]

KIKO Milano Free Soul Spring Collection

If you're looking for fun in your beauty buys, then KIKO Milano is your go-to brand. And the new Free Soul collection is jam-packed with fun products to create a bright and bohemian look. Gold liner for lips or eyes, pink mascara, adaptable bronzing products, and peel off eyebrows! All housed in gorgeous retro chic mint green packaging, designed by Ross Lovegrove. There are lots of products - too many to go through there, but there are a … [Read more...]